Cooking and baking for me was always more of a necessity, to feed my young family well. It wasn’t until they were all much older and I had more time for myself that I cooked for the pleasure of it. Very few of the recipes I share with you are my own. I had to learn from various cookery books myself. But having moved house a couple of years ago, I came across folders full of recipes I had hand written and saved. It has been lovely working my way through them again, and I thought how lovely it would be to share these with you. Most are family favourites and in the case of my first recipie below, ideal snacks for energy, grab and go bars and breakfast bars for both adults and children.
So please enjoy making them and eating them, but be quick as they never lasted for long in my house!
PEANUT BUTTER & WHITE CHOCOLATE ENERGY BARS
125g plain four
1 tsp baking powder
100g butter at room temp plus extra for greasing
150g crunchy peanut butter
175g light brown sugar
1 beaten egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
75g chopped white chocolate
Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 30mins Serves: 12 small squares
Preheat the oven to 170C/gas mark 3. Butter the sides of a 20 x 20cm square cake tin and line the base with greaseproof paper.
Into a small bowl sift the flour and baking powder then place to one side.
In a large bowl cream the butter and peanut butter together until nice and soft. Add the egg, sugar and vanilla extract and beat until well combined. Add the flour, baking powder and chopped chocolate and mix until a dough consistency.
Place the dough into the lined tin and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, it should be golden brown and firm in the centre.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin, before removing and cutting into squares.